Venerable Marie Louise of the Blessed Sacrament, Foundress of the Franciscan Sisters Adorers of the Holy Cross

 

PROMULGATION OF DECREES

 

On 11 December 2019, the Holy Father Francis received in audience His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He authorized the promulgation of the Decree concerning the miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Mary Louise of the Blessed Sacrament (formerly Maria Velotti), foundress of the  Franciscan Sisters Adorers of the Holy Cross, born in Soccavo near Naples on 16 November 1826 and died in Casoria (Naples) on 3 September 1886.

 

Venerable Marie Louise of the Blessed Sacrament

Maria Velotti was born in Soccavo, Naples in 1826. From a young age, she lived Franciscan spirituality under the guidance of the Friars Minor as a laywoman professed in the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi. She was perfected in the way of poverty and humility and was favoured by unique mystical gifts of union with the Passion of the Lord. After spending several years in prayer and penance, in 1877 she founded the new religious family of the Franciscan Sisters Adorers of the Holy Cross for the education of girls and the promotion of women. In this way, with her work, she was fully immersed in the extraordinary season of social charity that characterized the Church of Naples in the 1800s. She died in the motherhouse of the Institute in Casoria in 1886, surrounded by a vast reputation for holiness. The recognition of the miracle worked by God through her intercession officially opens the way to beatification.